Concordia College says it is teaming up with a top university in India to offer degree programs in Business Administration, English and Psychology.
The program allows students at the Women’s Christian College in Chennai, India, to study for two years before transferring to Concordia to complete a degree. Concordia President Dr. Viji George recently returned from a trip to India to sign the agreement.
“Most American universities don’t accept undergraduate students who have had only three years of study,” said George, “International student enrollment makes for a richer and more diverse Concordia experience. We’re thrilled about the immersion opportunities this will provide to our entire student body.”
Credits earned at the Women’s Christian College will transfer to Concordia and students will earn their undergraduate degree from Concordia in 12 to 16 months. Concordia has offered a 50 percent tuition waiver for these students. Scholarships up to $10,000 will be provided for qualified students.
“This will make it more affordable for Indian students to attend college in the U.S. and obtain our prestigious degree,” said Sherry Fraser, dean of Concordia College. “In India, college is only three years, so it took a great deal of curriculum coordination to get this groundbreaking program established.”
The program is valid for students beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year. Students with a GPA of 3.0 and with high scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) would meet the pre-requisites for course continuation at Concordia.
Concordia is working to establish similar programs in Chennai, India at Madras Christian College and Loyola College — along with Women’s Christian College. These are the top three universities in the province of Chennai.